Thursday, 15 January 2015

TRIP INDEX by year

TRIP INDEX – by year

The following lists chronological the foreign birding trips that I have done.  Also included are a few family trips to decent birding locations.  In time I hope to 'blog' them all, and those that have been done are shown in bold with a link.  All the older blogs use scanned slides (or digitised prints of varying quality).  Some of the slides have degraded badly with age.  Some blogs use photos take by those I was with (they are easy to tell as they are significantly better than mine).  Most blogs are heavily reliant on my unreliable memories.  They were initially done to find a 'home' for my old boxes of slides which I had not looked at for years. Doing these blogs has brought back many very happy memories, and a few sad ones - I’ve been very fortunate in having various like-minded friends, some sadly no longer with us, whom I have usually been able to travel with.  Virtually all were budget trips -  if they had not been I doubt that I could have afforded to do half as many, and probably not had half as much fun long the way, although I would doubtless have seen more birds but you can't have everything.
Kagu, New Caledonia August 1998 (digitised print taken with an instamatic).  One of my all-time top 3 birds.  Giant Pitta (1987) and Wilson's Bird of Paradise (1993) are the others.
1974:  MAJORCA (October)
          brief mention in The 1970s: finding my feet - 1974 blog

1975:  CARMARGUE (May)
          included in The 1970s: Camargue, Shetland & Scillies in 1975 blog

1977:  MOROCCO (April)

             KENYA (December-January 1978)

1978:  THAILAND (December-January 1979)

1979:  ISRAEL (March/April)

            CANARIES (June/July)

             NEPAL (November-January 1980)

1980:  CANADA (May)

            THAILAND (December-January 1981)

1982: MALAYSIA (January/February)

            THAILAND (February)

            NEPAL (March/June)
          Jomson Trek

          Everest Trek

          Langtang Trek

            INDIA (June/July)


           VENEZUELA (December-February 1983)

1983:  KENYA (July/August)

1984:  PERU (July/August)

            BOTSWANA (December-January 1985) 


1985:  COSTA RICA (July/August)

1986:  AUSTRALIA (March/April)

           ECUADOR: July/August 1986

1987:  MALAYSIA (July/August) 

1988: THAILAND (March/April)
           BRAZIL (July/August)

1989:  ICELAND (June)               

1990:  ARGENTINA (August)

1991:  SOUTH AFRICA (August)

1992:  INDONESIA Sulawesi & Halmahera (August)

1993:  INDONESIA Irian Jaya (August)

1995:  MADAGASCAR (August)

1996:  PHILIPPINES (April)

            NEW ZEALAND (August)   

1997:  VIETNAM (March/April)     

1998:  AUSTRALIA & NEW CALEDONIA (July/August)        

1999:  ECUADOR (August/September)


2000:  CHINA Quinghai (June)


           GAMBIA (November)

2002:  CHILE (April)

2003:  JAPAN (January)

           CAMEROON (April)

2004:  CUBA (April)

           PAPUA NEW GUINEA (June)

2005:  TEXAS (Aprill)

           INDONESIA Sumatra & West Java (July)

2006:  PAPUA NEW GUINEA (August)

2007:  INDIA Eaglenest (April)          

2008:  PHILIPPINES (April)

           NAMIBIA (July/August)

2009:  VIETNAM (April)

          Cat Tien & Da Lat plateau

2010:  CHINA (May/June)
          Shanghai (Spoon-billed Sandpiper), Wuishan, Fuzhou & Xiaolongmen

          Xi’an & Yangxian (Crested Ibis)

          Pingtai (Jankowski’s Bunting)

            UGANDA (June)
          Mbamba (Shoebill), Kibale (Green-breasted Pitta) & Bwindi (African Green Broadbill)

2011:  ETHIOPIA (February)

           TAIWAN (April/May)

2012:  TURKEY (June)


          Nemrut Dagi

            MALAYSIA Sarawak & Sabah (July/August)
          Kuching, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley, Sepilok and Mount Kinabalu

2013:  CORSICA (May)

            INDONESIA West Papua (August)

2014:  SPAIN Extremadura (April)

           COLOMBIA (July/August)

2015:  ECUADOR (January/February)


The following birding trips have been 'blogged'.  All the older ones use scanned slides or digitised prints of varying quality.  All are heavily reliant on unreliable memories as only for the 1982 Asian trip did I make anything other than very rudimentary diary entries.  The blogs are done mainly to find a 'home' for my boxes of old slides but may be of wider interest. Other trips will be added as and when time allows.

ARGENTINA:  August 1990
Shanghai (Spoon-billed Sandpiper), Wuishan & Fuzhou (Chinese Crested Tern)
Pingtai (Jankowski’s Bunting)

INDIA:  June/July 1982

INDONESIA:  August 1992  Sulawesi & Halmahera
                       August 1993 Irian Jaya
                       August 2013 West Papua (Irian Jaya)

ISRAEL:  March/April 1979

KENYA:  December 1977/January 1978
                July/August 1983

MADAGASCAR:  August 1995

MALAYSIA:  January/February 1982 West Malaysia
                      July/August 1987 Sabah & West Malaysia
                     July/August 2012 Sarawak & Sabah
Kuching, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley, Sepilok and Mount Kinabalu

MOROCCO:  April 1977

NEPAL:  November 1979-January 1980
                March/June 1982
Jomson Trek
Everest Trek
Langtang Trek

PHILIPPINES: Easter 1996
                           Easter 2008

SOUTH AFRICA:  August 1991

SPAIN:  Easter 2014 Extremadura

TAIWAN:  April/May 2011

THAILAND:   December 1978/January 1979
                      December 1980/January 1981            
                      February 1982

TURKEY:  June 2012
Nemrut Dagi

UGANDA:  June 2010
Mbamba (Shoebill), Kibale (Green-breasted Pitta) & Bwindi (African Green Broadbill)

VENEZUELA: December 1982/February 1983
Henri Pittier, the Andes and the Llanos
Bolivar and the north coast

VIETNAM:  April 2009
Cat Tien & Da Lat plateau 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Chichester Gravel Dips (10-11 January)

Sunday 11th.  A return to East Trout Lake arriving soon after dawn.  today I ranged more widely, the weather was much nicer but the end result the same after another five hours. No Dusky Warbler seen or heard, one Cetti's Warbler (seen better than yesterday's), female Red-crested Pochard, Kingfisher and not much else.  An afternoon wander over Beeding Brooks with Megan was as disappointing with 40 Redwings best.  The only consolation is that this coming week should be the last that I have to work five days so I shouldn't have to spend a week at work waiting to be able to get away. A very nice thought!

Saturday 10th.  A very poor but improving forecast and a low tide meant that I started at the Adur (very little), moved on to Widewater (female Common Scoter and two pairs of Red-breasted Merganser) before heading west.  The Bewick's Swan flock were showing distantly from Burpham with 33 birds present.  I then headed to Chichester Gravel pits where I spent five hours to dusk mainly along the eastern edge of East Trout Lake not seeing or hearing the Dusky Warbler nicely found by Ads Bowley at the beginning of the week, and seemingly getting successively harder to see each day.  A brief moment of excitement was caused by a skulking Cetti's Warbler before it showed enough of itself for a certain identification while the Red-crested Pochard was on Triangle Lake.
large gulls on the Adur (still trying out the new SX60)
Common Scoter on Widewater
not quick enough for the merganser
Herring Gull at Widewater with stained or aberrant feathers
female Red-crested Pochard on Triangle Lake

Sunday, 4 January 2015

West Rise, Pevensey and Jevington (4 January)

Sunday 4th.  I met John King outside Lewes and drove to West Rise Marsh arriving just after Simon Linington and John Gowers.  Good timing as by the time we caught up with them they had located the Bearded Tit flock. They weren't being particularly co-operative but some of the ten including a couple of males gave good if brief views.  We also saw 11 Snipe, Kingfisher, Water Pipit (flight views - are they always like this here), Raven and a Barnacle Goose with some Canadas.  Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler were heard. Pevensey Levels had attracted a small crowd who had located the Richard's Pipit just as we arrived.  It started off at a similar distance to my previous visit, although in better light, but then moved to the back of the field where it was more often out of sight.  Hen and Marsh Harriers were also nice to see.  A number of familiar faces dropped in while we were there including John, Doreen & David Cooper and Brenda Kay and, as we were leaving, Matt Eade.  We continued to Jevington where the Rough-legged Buzzard was sitting in a distant tree. It flew into the field before returning to a more distant tree where it attracted the attention of a couple of Magpies.  They moved it on further away and more against the light.  Almost as interesting were a Grey Wagtail and 3 Chiffchaffs feeding in the sunny side of a nearby roof. We tried Friston Forest seeing at least 4 Brambling with a flock of about 50 Chaffinches in the Butchershole car park.  I called in at the Adur on my way home where 1000+ black-headed Gulls flew south to roost.

Richard's Pipit on Pevensey Levels
Brambling in Friston Forest
dark Herring Gull on the Adur

it appeared to be a third-winter with very retarded body plumage?  It had small white tips to the primaries and an indistinct tail band
dark picture of dark Herring Gull.  By now the light had gone and shortly after it flew south to roost

Saturday 3rd.  A wet morning started with an hour's seawatch from my car at Splash Point seeing single Red-throated Diver and auk and a handful of Fulmars, Gannets and Kittiwakes.  Beachy was better with 2 Tawny Owls, 200+ Sky Larks and 11 Corn Buntings. I came home via Jevington but in deteriorating weather and up in the clouds I could hardly see the other side of the field.  750+ Stock Doves were present and single Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer.